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The 1 Thing You Need to Overcome Obstacles

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THE 1 THING YOU NEED TO OVERCOME DIFFICULT CHALLENGES 1. A few days back I went to see a friend. After catching up, we went into his gym which contained one piece of equipment comprising of cement and a rod. He lied down on the bench and asked me to pass it to him. I tried lifting it off the ground but I couldn’t.  It looked ‘carryable,’ at first, but when I bent down, I could swear I heard my waist bone give way. I spent the night there and I tried lifting it the next morning as I’d gotten enough rest at night. I bent down, and this time, like the last time, I couldn’t lift it. But it gave way a little. On the fourth day, no, I didn’t carry it oo. But it budged. I even lifted it to my ankles. It was massive for me.  After my sixth attempt, I lifted it. Yes, I did. No lies here. I carried it up to my chest before letting it thunder to the ground. 2. I remember when the Ebola virus first hit.  People were so scared of losing their lives and would go to every length to find a

Redeemed

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REDEEMED The Gathering  The man standing before them was almost what you'd call beautiful, with a soldier's build. He was one of those preachers of the Word who were as beautiful as the messages they preached. He was as elegant as a gazelle. His ministry has converted thousands of souls and is still converting more by the day.  The slim man had lived a terrible life, but that was a long time ago. He now bears the smile of one who has been marked for the kingdom. The gathering was scheduled late in the afternoon when the sun was beginning to lose its heat and people could bear walking the distance to the Great Hall as it was called. The hall was made of red bricks and a high ceiling. He got up to speak in the half-filled hall. He bid his time as he turned his head around until he had covered the entire room. His heart surged and performed a back-flip when he saw the raw, hungry look on the faces of the young people who occupied the strong brown wooden pews. His lips

To my Father

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Dad, Words alone cannot begin to put a frame on how I feel so I'm just going to pour it from the heart . This is nothing fancy, but it's a note of heartfelt gratitude . Dad, there is so much to say. Too many emotions to contain, but ultimately, I just wanna say thanks .  Anything less does not cut it and any more may distort the message. I never asked to be born but I've never had a single day when I regret being sired by you. You have been a pillar- my pillar . You've supported me from the ground up. Your encouragement has kept me motoring forward . Your sacrifices have made me who I am today. I know you've not been perfect- only a hypocrite claims perfection. I'm not going to dwell on your shortcomings for we have all fallen short. As much as you are not a hundred percent, there is no one I would love to be a son too. I think I should stop here. A long epistle will come another day. Trust your son on that. You've given me enough freedom to t

5 Ways to Remain Undefeated in Life

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5 WAYS TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN LIFE To defeat an enemy in battle, one has to understand the tactics the enemy employs, and then either make their tactics work against them or deploy your counter-attacking measures.  Life, just like war, is survival of the fittest, and you either devour or be devoured. In life, some people succeed and others do not. You have to be intentional about being undefeated.  Build yourself, and learn to absorb or even avoid life’s punches. Keep learning, unlearning, and relearning. Times change; find a way to adapt to stay on your feet. There are several tips you can employ to help you remain undefeated in life, the following are the top five from my perspective: NEVER GIVE UP It is inevitable to face challenges, and some will hit you harder than others. Every day has its challenges, and your attitude towards them will go a long way in determining your chances of either staying on your feet or falling flat on your face.  Just like in a boxing match,

Looking Back, Moving Forward

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LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD: Using the Past to Mould the Future We are where we are because of the decisions and actions that were taken, with- and without our consent- a long time ago.  All that matters is that we make the most of the present by making the best decisions we can so we can secure the future we want. We come from a place of loneliness, where everyone is on their own. You've found a way to go and make things happen by yourself. There have been awfully sad days when you felt like giving up the ghost. No one understood what you were passing through. But you did. You pushed through, and now you're out of the dark. When you look back, all you see is hurt, loneliness, sadness, disappointment... And grace. The past should not deter you from progressing. It should help you understand why you are where you are, and then help to predict and shape the future. Moving forward, you should know that you are no longer alone. Past experiences may caution you against

#endNegativityInNigeria

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#ENDSARS #endPoliceBrutality #endNegativityInNigeria Being a Nigerian citizen has for long been a curse on the individual. Being one only means you were born in a very, very unfortunate place. A country where you could get murdered in cold blood, and safe for your family and some close relatives, no one would bat an eye, except you are a part of a select few. When you get killed, there will only be uproar on social media for a couple of days and then you become one more dead person- just another one. Wherever there is a law, the lawmakers seem very eager to show how ‘powerful’ they are by trampling over everyone on their path to breaking said laws. The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit in the Nigerian Police popularly known by their acronym SARS, has been carrying out special searches in peoples’ bags and have been able to so solve robberies only in laptops and smart phones.  They question individuals based on appearance and the prices of their gadgets. Just harassing

THE GAMBLER

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                                                                             Image : Africa Feeds It’s been two weeks since our transformer developed some issues, and charging our electronics during the day was a challenge as we could only turn on the generator in the evening. Ever since my dad opened my eyes to the demons behind gambling, I swore to quit, and I tried, as the years went by, falling and getting back up until I managed to kick out the habit. One day I went out of the house and decided to see what was happening in a betting shop close by, hoping I could get to charge my phone. I had wanted to see if people still got consumed by the power of gambling, or if things have changed over the past few years since I stopped going there. Not surprisingly, though, I saw people queued up, trying to stake their bets so they could earn some fast and easy cash. I had already learned that the money acquired through this means does not last. Hardly does one see its value- actually, most o